Yeah the same as before. Going to sell my Sony system and keep an eye out for an amp. That seems to be the problem and i don't mind getting a newer one. Will ask some questions before buying as i don't want the same situation happening again LOL!!! Have seen the Pioneer vsx 520 at JBHIFI and also the 820 there too so may do some research into that. Keen to get one with automatic speaker setup which would be helpful but also want one powerful enough to run the Wharfedales.
RunningMan: Just to rule out a speaker being connected out of phase, what happens if you only hook up just one speaker (i.e. left OR right)?
Does it sound OK from that speaker by itself?
Being out of phase wouldn't stop the actual bass driver from moving. It sounds like the receiver is simply not directing bass frequencies to the front speakers. In some ways that's not a problem, if your subwoofer is capable of reproducing those higher frequencies. However it seems it is cut quite high, to the point that the speakers would do a better job of it, and where it starts to become directional also.
Playing with the settings seems the only option, in my opinion. There simply must be something in there that is not set correctly.
Just make sure your new amp has the ability to drive 6 ohm speakers - most can adjust for 4 or 8, but some don't have a 6 ohm setting. Also, the bass from the fronts is quite diminished until about 50-60hrs of use. For music on my receiver I run at about -30, tv about -27 and movies (DVD & BR) about -20 (range is -80 to +25) Seems enough for me (I have the fronts bi amped using the spare 2 channels)
And glad I could help you with a discount!
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